Take a look at what to expect of a stay at Frans Masereel Centre:
There are six workshops at the centre, situated in the main building:
-typography (with wood and lead typesetting)
-a digital studio (scanners and printers necessary to prepare various photographic processes, a high-definition, large-scale printer, a digital stencil machine, a laser cutter, a riso machine).
Frans Masereel Centre also has a dark room where photographic prints (screen printing, photo- engraving and offset) can be realised. All workshops are equipped with a ventilation system. The programme and workshops are set up so as to allow residents to work independently and to stimulate them to try different techniques. All manuals and printing processes are organised in convenient folders to be consulted in the workshops. If needed, the workshop manager can guide you through the various printing processes.
Frans Masereel Centre wants to share the graphic expertise it has gathered throughout the years with the public. On our website, the PRINT LAB introduces you to the basics of intaglio, screen print, relief printing and lithography. For the more experienced artist there is interesting information on new graphic practices. If you want to share your research, you are more than welcome to send us your handout or video to share on this platform.
The 9 individual houses have a kitchen, a bathroom with a toilet, a living room and two bedrooms. The kitchen is equipped with the necessary comfort such as an electric stove, a microwave, an electric kettle, a fridge, the necessary table ware... In the living room there’s a couch, an easel and a drawing table. There’s wireless internet available. The bathroom has a shower, a washbasin and a toilet. Both bedrooms have two beds each with all the necessary pillows and blankets. You can get sheets at the reception for 5€ a set. The common laundry room has a washing machine (with detergent and fabric softener). Artists can also use the common freezer.
Pets are not allowed.
Our printing presses, newsprint/test paper, a wide range of basic inks and other essentials are available in the workshops and free to use. Keep in mind that the inks come in small containers. Please use them responsibly. We do charge a small fee for printing paper, transparencies and the use of some of the digital equipment. Please check the materials list via the downloadlink at the end of this page. If you wish to work with materials that are not on the list, you can bring them with you, have them sent or order them at your own expense.
Don't forget to bring some essentials yourself: please bring your own PPE's ( Personal Protective Equipment ) tape, drawing equipment, gloves and an apron.
Frans Masereel Centre attaches great importance to sustainability. Over the past years, we have adopted various initiatives to limit our environmental impact. We switched to 100% sustainable energy in 2014, introduced biodegradable products in the workshops and try to limit car transports to a minimum.